About Kimberley Ports Authority
The Kimberley Ports Authority has been enabled under the Ports Legislation Amendment Act 2014.
The Minister and the Department of Transport undertook a review of “The Role of Ports in Western Australia” in 2012 which initiated the ports amalgamation process. Resultantly, the Kimberley Ports Authority will in due course assume the current Department of Transport responsibilities at the following ports:
- Wyndham Port
- Derby Port
- Yampi Sound ports of Cockatoo and Koolan Islands (potentially Irvine Island)
- the proposed port at James Price Point
The transfer of responsibilities from the Department of Transport will not occur until the enabling legislation is passed through Parliament. The Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 will result in the transfer of the three existing Kimberley ports and facilities that are currently regulated under the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (SP Act) to the Port Authorities Act 1999 (PAA).
Updates on the West Australian ports amalgamation process can be accessed via the Department of Transport website.
The Kimberley Ports Authority head office is located in Broome and at this time KPA is responsible for the management of the Port of Broome which is the principal deepwater port servicing Western Australia's Kimberley region.
The Port Authorities Act 1999 (WA) provides that the roles and responsibilities of the Kimberley Ports Authority are as follows:
- To facilitate trade and to plan for growth and development of the port.
- To control business and other activities in the port.
- To be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the port.
- To maintain and preserve property controlled by the port.
- To protect the environment in which the port operates.
- To use port assets for profit.
- To act in accordance with prudent commercial principles.
“To be the safest and most competitive ports network in regional Australia.”
“The facilitation of maritime trade to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits for stakeholders across our region.”